STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1456-18

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2018

 

RE: S.B. No. 2383

S.D. 2

H.D. 1

 

 

 

 

Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Ninth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2018

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committee on Education, to which was referred S.B. No. 2383, S.D. 2, entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose of this measure is to facilitate the recruitment and retention of qualified education professionals in the State by:

 

(1) Authorizing payment of incentive bonuses through the National Certification Incentive Program within the Department of Education to school psychologists who have achieved national certification;

 

(2) Amending provisions for payment of incentive bonuses to teachers and school psychologists at targeted, high-turnover, and hard-to-fill schools, including schools that have improved so as to lose their designation;

 

(3) Excluding payment of bonuses and other compensation beyond regular wages from the general fund per-pupil funding calculation and from facilities funding and requiring separate budget line-items for such payments; and

(4) Appropriating funds to pay for bonuses for public school teachers, public charter school teachers, and school psychologists.

 

The State Public Charter School Commission and a few individuals supported this measure. The Department of Budget and Finance, Department of Education, Hawaii State Teachers Association, and Hawaii Association of School Psychologists provided comments on this measure.

 

Your Committee has amended this measure by making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for clarity, consistency, and style.

 

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Education that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2383, S.D. 2, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2383, S.D. 2, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Finance.

 

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Education,

 

 

 

 

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JUSTIN H. WOODSON, Chair